Those who are familiar with the history of World War II will of some point heard of the name Anne Frank and her famous diary. Now, timed to coincide with Anne Frank’s 89th birthday on June 12th, Oculus Studios, Force Field VR, and the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam have announced their will be releasing a new virtual reality (VR) product titled Anne Frank House VR, as reported by Venturebeat.
The new VR experience will offer users a chance to step back in time to see what it would of been like for Anne Frank during the Nazi occupation between 1942 and 1944. During this time Anne Frank hid in the Secret Annex that was home for herself and seven other people for two years before they were found. The experience will last for around 25 minutes, touring all of the rooms of the Secret Annex, which are still furnished as they were during the war.
Given how famous the story of Anne Frank, and her diary is, the Anne Frank House VR experience will be an immersive way for people to learn about her story. For those who have been unable to visit the museum in person as of yet will be able to do so with this new experience, which could also be used within education to help tell the story of Anne Frank and her diary to the next generation.
Force Field VR have a wide portfolio of VR experiences having worked on titles such as Landfall, a tactical action shooter videogame which puts players into the heart of futuristic battles. Other videogame titles they have worked on include Coaster Combat, Pet Lab, and Term1nal which VRFocus’ Senior Staff Writer Peter Graham reviewed saying: “Term1nal is an enjoyable experience from start to finish. In fact you probably won’t notice the time fly by and complete it in one run though, over the course of around 3 hours or so. That might put some people off, wanting more gameplay for their money but hopefully it won’t. Term1nal showcases Force Field VR’s knack of creating a solid VR experience that’s a delight to play, making it a worthy addition to anyone’s Gear VR library.”
The company are a good fit for the Anne Frank House VR project given they have worked on experiences in a similar vein including Meeting Rembrandt, which allowed users to travel back in time and feel what feel in 1642 during the Dutch Golden Age would of been like. Along with meeting with Rembrandt van Rijn, one of the world’s most famous painters.
The Anne Frank House VR experience will be launching on June 12th, at a ceremony being held at the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam. VRFocus will be sure to bring you all the latest on the title in the future, so stay tuned for more.